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Enter Steward.

These weeds are memories of those worser hours; Stow. A proclaim'd prize! Most happy! 1 pr’ythee, put them off. That eyeless head of thine was first framed flesh Kent.

Pardon me, dear madam; To raise my fortunes.-Thou old unhappy traitor, Yet to be known, shortens my made intent: Brietly thyself remember :-The sword is out

My boon I make it, that you know me nota That must destroy thee.

Till time and I think meet. Glo.

Now let thy friendly hand Cor. Then be it so, my good lord.-H.» does l'ut strength enough to it. Edgar opposes.

the king ?

(To the Physician Stew. Wherefore, bold peasant,

Phys. Madam, sleeps still. Dar'st thou support a publish'd traitor? Hence;

Cor. O you kind gods, Lest that the infection of his fortune take

Cure this great breach of his abused nature! Like hold on thee. Let go his arm.

Th' untuned and jarring senses, 0, wind up, Elg.Ch’ill not let go, zir, without vurther 'casion. Of this child-changed father! Stew. Let go, slave, or thou diest.

Phys. So please your majesty, Edg. Good gentleman, go your gait, and let that we may wake the king ? he hath slept long. poor volk på ss. And ch'ud ha' been swagger'd out Cor. Be govern'd by your knowledge, and proceed of my life, 'lwould not ha' been so long as 'tis by a 1'the sway of your own will. Is he array'!! vortnight. Nay, come not near the old man; keep

Gent. Ay, madam: in the heaviness of his streg, out, che vor'ye, or ise try whether your costardo We put fresh garments on him. or my bat? be the harder; Ch’ill be plain with you.

Phys. Be by, good madam, when we do avals Stew. Out, dunghill!

him; .Edg. Ch’ill pick your teeth, zir: Come; no mat- I doubt not of his temperance. ter vor your foins.

Cor.

Very well. (They fight; and Edgar knocks him down. Phys. Please you, draw near.-Louder the muStew. Slave, thou hast slain me:-Villain, take

sic there! my purse;

Cor. O my dear father! Restoration, hang If ever thou wilt thrive, bury my body;

Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss And give the letters, which thou find'st about me,

Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters To Edmund earl of Gloster; seek him out

Have in thy reverence made! Upon the British party : -0, untimely death! Kent.

Kind and dear princess! (Dies.

Cor. Had you not been their father, these white Edg. I know thee well: a serviceable villain;

flakes As duteous to the vices of your mistress,

Had challenged pity of them. Was this a face As badness would desire.

To be expos d against the warring winds! Glo.

What, is he dead? To stand against the deep dread-bolted thunder? Edg. Sit you down, father; rest you:

In the most terrible and nimble stroke Let's see his pockets: these letters, that he speaks of, of quick, cross lightning? to watch (poor perdu") May be my friends.-He's dead: I am only sorry

With this thin helm ?3 Mine enemy's dog, He had no other death's man.-Let us see:

Though he had bit me, should have stood that night Leave, gentle wax; and, manners, blame us not:

Against my fire; And wast thou fain, poor father, To know our enemies' minds, we'd rip their hearts; To hovel thee with swine, and rogues forlorn, Their papers, is mo lawful.

In short and musty straw! Alack, alack! [Reads.] Let our reciprocal vows be remembered. Tis wonder, that thy life and wits at once You have many opportunities to cut him off: if Had not concluded all. He wakes; speak to him. your will want not, time and place will be fruit- Phys. Madam, do you ; 'tis fittest. fully offered. There is nothing done, if he return

Cor. How does my royal lord? How fares your the conqueror : Then am I the prisoner, and his bed

majesty? my gaol; from the loathed warmth whereof deliver Lear. You do me wrong, to take me out o' the me, and supply the place for your labor.

grave:
Your wife, (so I would say,) and your Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound
affectionate servant,

Upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears
GOXERIL.

Do scald like molten lead.
O undistinguish'd space of woman's will !

Cor.

Sir, do you know me! A plot upon her virtuous husband's life;

Lear. You are a spirit, I know: When did you And the exchange, my brother!-Here, in the

die! sands,

Cor. Still, still, far wide! Thee I'll rake up, the post unsanctified

Phys. He's scarce awake; let him alone awhile. Of murderous lechers; and, in the mature time,

Lear. Where

have I been ?-Where am 1!-Fair With this ungracious paper strike the sight

day-light?Of the death-practis'd duke: For him 'tis well,

I am mightily abused.- I should even die with pity, That of thy death and business I can tell.

To see another thus.-I know not what to say. (Exit Edgar, dragging out the Body. I will not swear, these are my hands:--let's see; Glo. The king is mad: How stiff is my vile sense, I feel this pin prick. 'Would I were assured That I stand up, and have ingenious feeling

Of my condition. of my huge sorrows! Better I were distract:

Cor. O, look upon me, sir, So should my thoughts be sever'd from my griefs; and hold your hands in benediction o'er meAnd woes, by wrong imagination, lose

No, sir, you must not kneel. The knowledge of themselves.

Lear.

Pray, do not meck me. Re-enter Edgar.

I am a very foolish fond old man,

Fourscore, and upwards; and, to deal plainly, Edg.

Give me your hand : I fear, I am not in my perfect mind. Far off, methinks, I hear the beaten drum. Methinks, I should know you, and know this man; Come, father, I'll bestow you with a friend. Yet I am doubtful : for I am mainly ignorant

(Exeunt. What place this is; and all the skill I have

Remembers not these garments; nor I know no! SCENE VII.-A Tent in the French Camp. Where I did lodge last night: Do not laugh at me: LEAR on a Bed, asleep; Physician, Gentleman, and For, as I am a man, I think this lady others attending. Enter CORDELIA and KENT. To be my child Cordelia.

Cor. Cor. O thou good Kent, how shall I live, and

And so I am, I am. work,

Lear. Be your tears wet? Yes, faith. I pray, To match thy goodness ? My life will be too short, If you have poison for me, I will drink it. And every measure fail me. Kent. To be acknowledg'd, madam, is o'erpaid.

I know, you do not love me; for your sisters All my reports go with the modest truth;

Have, as I do remember, done me wrong: Nor more, nor clipp'd, but so.

You have some cause, they have not.

Cor.
Cor.
Be better suited:

No cause, no causa

Lear. Am I in France ? . Go your way.

• Heal *Club. • Thrusts. I'll cover thee (the dead iteward) in the sands.

9 The allusion is to the forlorn hope in an army, cale! * Dressed.

in French, enfans perdus. • This soreriny other

Kent.
In your own kingdom, sir. Kent.

Most certain, sır. Lear. Do not abuse me.

Gent. Who is conductor of his people? Phys. Be comforted, good madam: the great Kent.

As 'tis said, rage,

The bastard son of Gloster. You see, is cured in him; and yet it is danger Gent.

They say, Edgar, To make bim even o'er the time he has lost. His banish'd son, is with the earl of Kent Desire him to go in; trouble him no more,

In Germany. Till further seitling.

Kent. Report is changeable. Cor. Will't please your highness walk ?

'Tis time to look about; the powers o' the kingdom Lear.

You must bear with me: Approach a pace. Pray now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish. Gent. The arbitrement is like to be a bloody. (Exeunt LEAR, CORDELIA, Physician, Fare you well, sir.

[Eril and Attendants.

Kent. My point and period will be thoroughly Gent. Holds it true, sir,

wrought, That the duke of Cornwall was so slain?

Or well, or ill, as this day's battle's fought. (Exit

ACT V.

Edm.

Edm.

SCENE 1.-The Camp of the British Forces, near

I can produce a champion, that will prove
Dover.

What is avouched there: If you miscarry,

Your business of the world hath so an end, Enter, with Drums and Colors, EDMUND, REGAN, And machination ceases. Fortune love you! Officers, Soldiers, and others.

Alb. Stay till I have read the letter. Edm. Know of the duke, if his last purpose hold, Edg.

I was forbid it Or, whether since he is advis'd by aught

When time shall serve, let but the herald cry, To change the course: He's full of alteration, And I'll appear again.

TExit. And seli-approving: - Bring his constant plea- Alb. Why, fare thee well; I will o'erlook thy sure.

paper.
(To an Officer, who goes out.

Re-enter EDMUND.
Reg. Our sister's man is certainly miscarried.
Edm. Tis to be doubted, madam.

Edm. The enemy's in view, draw up your powers. Reg.

Now, sweet lord, Here is the guess of their true strength and forces You know the goodness I intend upon you:

By diligent discovery ;-but your haste Tell me,--but truly,-but then speak the truth,

Is now urged on you. Do you not love my sister?

Alb.

We will greet the time.2 (Exit. In honor'd love.

Edm. To both these sisters have I sworn iny love. Reg. But have you never found my brother's way Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take?

Each jealous of the other, as the stung to the forefended place! Edm.

That thought abuses? you. Both? one? or neither? neither can be enjoy'd, Reg. I am doubtful that you have been conjunct if both remain alive: To take the widow, And bosom'd with her, as far as we call hers.

Exasperates, makes mad her sister Goneril; Edm. No, by mine honor, madam.

And hardly shall I carry out my side, Reg. I never shall endure her: Dear my lord,

Her husband being alive. Now then we'll use Be not familiar with her.

His countenance for the battle; which being done, Fear me not:

Let her, who would be rid of him, devise She, and the duke her husband,

His speedy taking off. As for the mercy,

Which he intends to Lear, and to Cordelia,Enter ALBANY, GOneril, and Soldiers. The battle done, and they within our power, Gon. I had rather lose the battle, than that sister shall never see his pardon : for my state Should loosen him and me.

Aside. Stands on me to defend, not to debate. [Exit. Alb. Our very loving sister, well be met. Sir, this I hear, --The king is come to his daughter, SCENE II.-A Field between the two Camps. With others, whom the rigor of our state

Alarum within. Enler, with Drums and Colors, Forced to cry out. Where I could not be honest, I never yet was valiant: for this business,

LEAR, CORDELIA, and their Forces; and exeunt It touches us as France invades our land,

Enter Edgar and GLOSTER. Not bolds the king; with others, whom, I fear, Edg. Here, father, take the shadow of this tree. Most just and heavy causes make oppose.9 For your good host; pray that the right may thrive. Fim. Sir, you speak nobly..

If ever I return to you again, Reg.

Why is this reason'd? I'll bring you comfort. Gon. Combine together 'gainst the enemy:

Glo.

Grace go with you, sir. For these domestic and particular broils

(Exit EDGAR. Are not to question here. Alb.

Let us then determine Alarums ; afterwards a Retreat. Re-enter Edgar. With the ancient of war on our proceedings. Edg. Away, old man, give me thy hand, away; Elm. I shall attend you presently at your tent. Kilig Lear hath lost, he and his daughter ia'en: Reg. Sister, you'll go with us?

Give me thy hand, come on. Gon. No.

Glo. No further, sir; a man may rot even here. Reg. 'Tis most convenient; pray you, go with us. Edg. What, in ill thoughts again? Men must Gun. O, ho, I know the riddle: [Aside.] I will go. Their going hence, even as their coming hither: as they are going out, enter Edgar, disguised.

Ripeness is all: Come on. Edg. If e'er your grace had speech with man Glo.

And that's true, too. so poor,

[Éxeunt. Hear me one word. 416.

I'll overtake you.--Speak. SCENE III.-The British Camp near Dover. (Exeunt EDMUND, REGAN, GONERIL, Otficers, Soldiers, and Attendants.

Enter, in Conquest, with Drum and Colors. EDMUND; Edr. Before you fight the battle, ope this letter.

LEAR and CORDELIA, as Prisoners; Otticers, Sola

diers, &c. If you have victory, let the trumpet sound Hiihim that brought it: wretched though I seem,

Emd. Some otficers take them away: good guard.

Until their greater pleasures first be known To reconcile it to his apprehension,

That are to censured them. . His settled revolution,

• Forbidden. * Imposes on you. .i. e. Enboldens him. 1 Decision.

. Be ready to meet the occasion Opposition

die Make my part good. • Pass judgment on them Cor.

We are not the first, Reg. Jesters do oft prove prophets. Who, with hest meaning, have incurr'd the worst. Gom.

Holloa, holloa! For thee, oppressed king, am I cast down;

That eye, that told you so, look'd but a-squint.. Myselfcould else out-frown false fortune's frown.- Reg. Lady, I am not well; else I should answei Shall we not see these daughters, and these sisters? From a full-flowing stomach.-General, Lear. No, no, no, no! Come, let's away to Take thou thy soldiers, prisoners, patrimony; prison :

Dispose of them, of me; the walls are thine: We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage : Witness the world, that I create thee here When thou dost ask my blessing, I'll kneel down, My lord and master. And ask of thee forgiveness: So we'll live,

Gm.

Mean you to enjoy him? And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh Alb. The let-alone lies not in your good will. At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues

Edm. Nor in thine, lord. Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too- Alb.

Half-blooded fellow, yes Who loves, and who wins; who's in, who's out;- Reg. Let the drum strike, and prove my title And take upon us the mystery of things,

thine.

(To Edyty As it we were God's spies: And we'll wear out, Alb. Stay yet; hear reason :-Edmund, I arrest In a wall'd prison, packs and sects of great ones,

thee That ebb and flow by the moon.

On capital treason; and, in thy arrest, Edm.

Take them away. This gilded serpent: (Pointing to Gox.)—for your Lear. Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia,

claim, fair sister, The gods themselves throw incense. Have II bar it in the interest of my wife; caught thee?

'Tis she is sub-contracted to this lord, He that parts us, shall bring a brand from heaven, And I, her husband, contradict your banns. And tire us hence, like foxes. Wipe thine eyes; If you will marry, make your love to me, The goujeers shall devour them, flesh and fell,6 My lady is bespoke. Ere they shall make us weep: we'll sec them Gon.

An interlude! starve first.

Alb. Thou art arm'd, Gloster:-Let the trumpel Come. (Exeunt LEAR and CORDELIA, guarded.

sound: Edm. Come hither, captain; hark.

If none appear to prove upon thy person, Take thou this note; (Giving a Paper.] go, follow Thy heinous, manifest, and many treasons, them to prison:

There is my pledge: (Throwing down a Glote. One step I have advanced thee; if thou dost

I'll prove it on thy heart,
As this instructs thee, thou dost make thy way Ere I taste bread, thou art in nothing less
To noble fortunes: Know thou this.-that men Than I have here proclaim'd thee.
Are as the time is : to be tender-minded

Reg.

Sick, 0. siek! Does not become a sword :-Thy great employment Gon. If not, I'll ne'er trust poison. (Asite. Will not bear question; either say, thou'lt do't, Edm. There's my exchange: Throwing doen Or thrive by other means. Off. I'll do't, my lord.

a Glove.] what in the world he is

That names me traitor, villain-like he lies: Edm. About it; and write happy, when thou Call by thy trumpet: he that dares approach,

hast done. Mark.-say, instantly ; and carry it so,

On him, on you, who not!) I will maintain

My truth and honor firmly. As I have set it down.

Alb. A herald, ho! Off. I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; Edm.

A herald, ho, a herald!
If it be man's work, I will do it. [Exit Officer. Alb. Trust to thy single virtue;for thy soldiers,
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, Regan, Offi- All levied in my name, have in my name
cers, and Attendants.

Took their discharge.
Reg.

This sickness grows upon me. Alb. Şir, you have shown 10-day your valiant

Enter a Herald. strain, And fortune led you well: You have the captives, Alb. She is not well; convey her to my tent. Who were the opposites of this day's strife:

[Erit REGAS, led We do require them of you; so to use them, Come hither, herald,—Let the trumpet sound, As we shall find their merits and our safety And read out this. May equally determine.

Off Sound trumpet. (A Trumpet sounds. Edmi.

Sir, I thought it fit To send the old and miserable king

Herald reads. To some retention, and appointed guard ;

If any man of quality, or degree, within the Whose age has charms in it, whose title more, lists of the army, will maintain upom Edmund, To pluck the common bosom on his side,

supposed Earl of Gloster, that he is a manifold And turn our impress'd lances in our eyes

traitor, let him appear at the third sound of the Which do command them. With him I sent the trumpet: He is bold in his defence. queen;

Edm. Sound.

(1 Trumpet My reason all the same; and they are ready

Her. Again.

12 Trumpet. To-morrow, or at further space, to appear

Her. Again.

(3 Trumpet Where you shall hold your session. At this time,

[Trumpet answers wikis We sweat, and bleed: the friend hath lost his friend,

Enter Edgar, armed, preceded by a Trumpet. And the best quarrels, in the heat, are curs'd Alb. Ask him his purposes, why he appears By those that feel their sharpness

Upon this call o' the trumpet. The question of Cordelia, and her father,

Her.

What are you? Requires a fitter place.

Your name, your quality ? and why you answer Alb.

Sir, by your patience, This present summons ?" I hold you but a subject of this war,

Edg

Know, my name is lost Not as a brother.

By treason's tooth bare-gnawn, and canker-bit: Reg.

That's as we list to grace him. Yet am I noble, as the adversary
Methinks,our pleasure might have been demanded, I come to cope withal.
Ere you had spoke so far. He led our powers; Alb.

Which is that adversary! Bore the commission of my place and person; Edg. What's he, that speaks for Edmund earl of The which immediacy? may well stand up,

Gloster? And call itself your brother.

Edm. Himself;-What say'st thou to him! Gon.

Not so hot:
Edg:

Draw thy sword! In his own grace he doth exalt himself,

That, if my speech offend a noble heart, More than in your advancement.

Thy arm may do thee justice: here is mine. Reg.

In my rights, Behold, it is the privilege of mine honors, Ky me invested, he compeers the best.

My oath, and my profession: I protest Gon. That were the most, if he should husband Maugrel thy strength, youth, place, and eminence, you.

• Alluding to the proverb: "Lave being jealous maken • The French disease.

• Skin. good eye look a.squint." · Authority to act on his own judgment.

"No withstanding..

ile Valor.

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Despite thy victor sword, and fire-new fortune, Alb. If there be more, more woeful hold it in;
Thy valor, and thy heart, -thou art a traitor : For I am almost ready to dissolve,
False to thy, gods, 1hy brother, and thy father; Hearing of this.
Conspirant gainst this high illustrious prince; Edg. This would have seem'd a perior
And, from the extremest upward of thy head, To such as love not sorrow; but another,
To the descent and dust beneath thy feet,

To amplify too much, would inake much more,
A most toad-spotted traitor. Say thou, No, And top extremity.
This sword, this arm, and my best 'spirits, are whilst I was big in clamor, came there a man,
bent

Who having seen me in my worst estate, To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, Shunnid my abhorr'd society; but then, finding Thou liest.

Who 'twas that so endured, with his strong arins Edm. In wisdom, I should ask thy name; He fastend on my neck, and bellow'd out But, since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, As he'd burst heaven; threw him on my father; And that thy tongue some 'saya of breeding Told the most piteous tale of Lear and him, breathes,

That ever ear receiv’d: which in recounting, What safe and nicely I might well delay

His grief grew puissant, and the strings of life By rale of knighthood, I disdain and spurn: Began to crack: Twice then the trumpet soundej, Back do I toss these treasons to thy head;

And there I left him tranced. With the hell-hated lie o'erwhelm thy heart;

Alb.

But who was this? Which,(for they get glance by,and scarcely bruise,) Edg. Kent, sir, the banish'd Kent; who in disThis sword of mine shall give thein instant way,

guise Where they shall rest forever.- Trumpets, speak. Follow'd his enemy king, and did him service

Alarums. They fight. EDMUND falls. Improper for a slave.
Alb. O save him, save him!
Gon.
This is mere practice, Gloster :

Enter a Gentleman hastily, with a bloody Knife. By the law of arms, thou wast not bound to answer

Gent. Help! help! 0 help! An unknown opposite; thou art not vanquish'd,

Edg.

What kind of help? But cozen’d and beguil'd.

Alb.

Speak, man. Alb. Shut your mouth, dame,

Edg. What means that bloody knife ?

Gent. Or with this paper shall I stop it:--Hold, sir:

"Tis hot, it smokes; Thou worse than any name, read thine own evil:- It came even from the heart of No learing, lady: I perceive you know it.

Alb.

Who, man? speak. (Gives ihe Letter to EDMUND.

Gent. Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister Gon. Say, if I do; the laws are mine, not thine: By her is poison'd; she confesses it. Who shall arraign me fort?

Edm. I was contracted to them both; all three Alb.

Most monstrous!

Now marry in an instant. Know'st thou this paper ?

Alb. Produce their bodies, be they alive or Gon. Ask me not what I know.

dead!

(Exit GONERIL: This judgment of the heavens, that makes us dlb. Go after her: she's desperate; govern her.

tremble, (To an Officer, who goes out. Touches us not with pity. (Exit Gentleman. Edm. What you have charged me with, that

Enter KENT. have I done;

Edg.

Here comes Kent, sit. And more, much more: the time will bring it out; Alb. O! it is he. 'Tis past, and so am I: But what art thou, That hast this fortune on me? If thou art noble, which very manners urges,

The time will not allow the compliment, I do forgive thee.

Kent.

I am come
Edg.
Let's exchange charity.

To bid my king and master ayes good-night;
I am no less in blood than thou art, Edmund; Is he not here?
If more, the more thou hast wrong'd me.

Alb.

Great thing of us forgot!-My name is Edgar, and thy father's son.

Speak, Edmund, where's the king ? and where's The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices

Cordelia ?-
Make instruments to scourge us:

Seest thou this object, Kent?
The dark and vicious place where thee he got,
Cost him his eyee.

[The Bodies of Goneril and Regan are

brought in. Edm.

Thou hast spoken right, 'tis true; Kent. Alack, why ihus? The wheel has come full circle; I am here.

Edm.

Yet Edmund was belov'd: Abb. Methought, thy very gait did prophesy The one the other poison'd for my sake, A royal nobleness :- I must embrace thee;

And after slew herself.
Let sorrow split my heart, if ever I

Alb. Even so.-Cover their faces.
Lid hate thee, or thy father!
Edg.

Worthy prince,

Edm. 1 pant for lite :-Some good I mean to do,

Despite of mine own nature. Quickly send,-I know it well.

Be brief in it,-to the castle; for my writ
Alb.

Where have you hid yourself?
How have you known the miseries of your father? Nay, send in time.

Is on the life of Lear, and on Cordelia :-
Edg. By nursing them, my lord.-Listi a brief

Ålb.

Run, run, 0, runtale And, when 'tis told, O, that my heart would burst!

Edg. To whom, my lord !-Who has the office?

send The bloody proclamation to escape,

Thy token of reprieve.
That follow'd me so near,(0, our lives' sweetness!

Edm. Well thought on; take my sword,
That with the pain of deaih we'd hourly die, Give it the captain.
Rather than die at once!) taught me to shift

Alb. Haste ihee, for thy life. [Exit EDGAR Into a mad-man's rags; to assume a semblance Edm. He hath commission from thy wife and me That very dogs disdain'd; and in this habit

To hang Cordelia in the prison, and
Met I my father with his bleeding rings,

To lay the blame upon her own despair,
Their precious stones new lost; became his guide, That she fordid herself.
Led him, begg'd for him. sav'd him from despair;

Alb. The gods defend her! Bear him hence Never (0 fault!) reveal'd myself unto him,,

awhile.

(EDMUND is borne uff. Until some half hour frost, when I was arm'd, Not sure, though hoping, of this good success,

Enter LEAR, with CORDELIA dead in his Arms; 1 ask'd his blessing, and from first to last

EDGAR, Officer, and others. Toid him my pilgrimage: but his flaw'd heart, Lear. Howl, howl, howl, howl!-0, ye are men Alack, too weak the conflict to support!)

of stones : 'Twixt two extremes of passion, joy and grief, Burst smilingly,

Had I your tongues and eyes, I'd use them so

That heaven's vault should crack :=0, she is gone Edm. This speech of yours hath mov'd me,

for ever! And shall, perchance, do good: but speak you on; I know when one is dead, and when one lives; You look as you had something more to say. She's dead as earth :-Lend me a looking-glass; * Stratagem. • Hear.

• For ever.

• Destroyed herself

• Sample

(He dies.

of tuat her breath will mist or stain the stone,

Enter an Officer.
Why, then she lives.
Kent.
Is this the promis'd end?

Off. Edmund is dead, my lord.
Alb.

That's but a trifle bere. Edg. Or image of that horror ?

You lords and noble friends, know our intern: Alb.

Fall, and cease. What comfort to this great decay may come, Lear. This feather stirs; she lives! if it be so, Shall be applied : For us, we will resign, It is a chance that does redeem all sorrows

During the life of this old majesty, That ever I have felt.

To him our absolute power : You to your rights; Kent

O my good master! (Kneeling Lear Pr’ythee, away.

[To Edgar and Kese. Edg. "Tis noble Kent, your friend. Have more than merited. All friends shall taste

With boot, and such addition as your honors Leur A plague upon you, murderers, traitors, all!

The wages of their virtue, and all foes I might have saved ber; now she's gone for ever!- The cup of their deservings.-0. see, see! Cordelia, Cordelia, stay a little. Ha! What is't thou say'st?-Her voice was ever soft, Lear. And my poor fool is hang'a! No, no, no

life: Gentle, and low; an excellent thing in woman :

Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, I kill'd the slave that was a-hanging thec.

And thou no breath at all? O, thou wilt come no Off. 'Tis true, my lords, he did.

more, Lear.

Did I not, fellow? Never, never, never, never, never! I have seen the day, with my good biting faulchion Pray you, undo this button: Thank you, sır: I would have inade them skip: I am old now,

Do you see this? Look on her,-look-her lipsAnd these same crosses spoil me.-Who are you?

Look there, look there! Mine eyes are none o' the best:-I'll tell you

Edg.

He faints My lord, my lordstraight.

Kent. Break, heart; I pr'ythee, break! Kent. If fortune brag of two she lov'd and hated,

Edg.

Look up, my lord. One of them we behold.

Kent. Vex not his ghost: 0, let him pass! he Lear. This is a dull sight: Are you not Kent?

hates him, Kent.

The same; That would upon the rack of this tough world Your servant Kent: Where is your servant Caius?

Stretch him out longer. Lear. He's a good fellow, I can tell you that;

Edg.

O, he is gone, indeed. He'll strike, and quickly too :-He's dead and

Kent. The wonder is,' he hath endured so rotten.

long: Kent. No, my good lord: I am the very man;

He but usurp'd his life. Lear. I'll see that straight.

Alb. Bear them from hence.-Our present Kent. That, from your first of difference and

business decay, Have follow'd your sad steps.

Is general woe. Friends of my soul, you twain Lear. You are welcome hither. Rule in this realm, and the gor'd state sustain.

[10 Kent and EDGAR Kent. Nor no man else ;

Kent. I have a journey, sir, shortly to go; All's cheerless, dark, and deadly..

My master calls, and I must not say, no. Your eldest daughters have foredoom'd themeelves,

Alb. The weight of this sad time we mais Anu desperately are dead.

obey; Lear.

Ay, so I think.

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say, Alb. He knows not what he says; and vain it is The oldest hath borne most: we, that are young, That we present us to him.

Shall never see so much, nor live so long.
Edg.
Very bootless,7

(Exeunt, with a dead more • Unelose.

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